Addie’s Long Summer

Book Description

It’s the begin­ning of what promis­es to be a hot, dry sum­mer on the prairie, and twelve-year-old Addie Mills is feel­ing the weight of a big secret. While her fam­i­ly thinks she’s signed up to take the high school schol­ar­ship test. Addie has­n’t even mailed her appli­ca­tion. How can she admit she’s afraid she’ll fail and most of all, that she’s afraid to leave home? Even Tilla, her best friend does­n’t understand.

The arrival of Eliz­a­beth and Maudie, Addie’s cousins from Iowa, pro­vides a wel­come dis­trac­tion. Addie hopes to become espe­cial­ly good friends with Eliz­a­beth, who is her own age, but Eliz­a­beth is mis­chie­vous and spoiled.

Maudie is with­drawn, and from the begin­ning of the cousins’ vis­it, noth­ing goes as planned. It takes the rev­e­la­tion of anoth­er secret and an amaz­ing event to bring the cousins togeth­er and help Addie face the future.

Awards and Recognition

  • Iowa Chil­dren’s Choice Award nom­i­nee, 1994–95

Reviews and Comments

“The author’s metic­u­lous descrip­tions of ordi­nary aspects of farm life, such as milk­ing the cows, clean­ing the privy, and har­vest­ing the hay, pro­vide a last­ing and real­is­tic image of the harsh strug­gles of life on the Great Plains in the late nine­teenth cen­tu­ry. Lawlor cuts her char­ac­ters from stur­dy cloth, sews them into dra­mat­ic back­drops, then lets her read­ers frame the tableau, feel­ing enlight­ened and sat­is­fied.” (Book­list)

Addie's Long Summer

the Addie series, Book 3

writ­ten by Lau­rie Lawlor
illus­trat­ed by Toby Gow­ing
Albert Whit­man, 1992

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